Tattersalls: Sky Lantern colt lights up day two

Dubawi ex Sky Lantern
Dubawi ex Sky Lantern

Get the latest news from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale as a Sky Lantern colt went for 2,000,000 guineas on day two of Book 1.

Tattersalls, Book One, Day Two

A colt out of 2013 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern headlined day two of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 1) on Wednesday.

The bay colt, by Dubawi, was knocked down for 2,000,000 guineas to MV Magnier and Mayfair Speculators, in stark contrast to his dam, the champion filly Sky Lantern, who was bought as a yearling for £75,000.

"We are obviously delighted," said Ed Sackville, manager for the Keswick family, the owner of dam Sky Lantern and breeder, through Rockcilffe Stud, of this colt by Dubawi.

"We have policy of selling the colts and keeping the fillies, and while we'd liked to have raced this horse ourselves, it is wonderful that he has sold so well. Sky Lantern had a Dubawi colt this year and is in-foal to Frankel, so we've plenty to look forward to," said Sackville.

Michael Magnier said: "He is out of a brilliant racemare who was a champion two-year-old and who went on to win the 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes and become a champion three-year-old. She was a very quick filly.

"We are all about finding the right horse."

The colt was sold by Highclere Thoroughbreds, and is a sixth million+ lot sold by the farm and came quickly after the sale of the Dubawi out of Silk Sarai on Wednesday for 1,300,000gns (Lot 217).

Another expensive purchase on the day was the Frankel filly out of Steel Princess that was bought for 1,400,000gns by the Japanese-based owner DMM.com.

Yohann Gainche, representing Mr Nomoto's ownership interests, was underbidder on Tuesday's top-selling filly (also by Frankel) who fetched 2,500,000gns, but is more than happy with 1.4m gns purchase.

"It was a beautiful battle yesterday," said Gainche on his first visit to Tattersalls. "She was a lovely filly, but we are very happy with our purchase today - she is very well put together. She will go back to Japan to race, where my boss already has racehorses."

DMM.com is an online business, selling gaming and online products.

Tattersalls, Book One, Day One

The world’s highest price for a yearling in 2017 was set on the opening day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when a Dubawi colt realised 2,600,000 guineas.

He was one of four lots to realise in excess of a million guineas during the opening session that also featured the start of the Ballymacoll dispersal. The opening day’s trade saw a total of 119 lots realise 33,880,000 guineas, at an average of 284,706 guineas and a median of 200,000 guineas.

The fireworks started early on the opening day of October Book 1 when lot 13, the Dubawi colt out of the dual Group 1 winning filly Izzi Top, sold for 2,600,000 guineas – the highest price for a yearling anywhere in the world this year.

The Meon Valley-consigned colt was knocked down to Newmarket-based trainer Roger Varian after a prolonged bidding duel with the Godolphin trio of John Gosden, Anthony Stroud and David Loder who were all stood together.

"He has been bought for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, owner of Dubawi and a keen supporter of the sire's stock," said Varian. "There are some very nice Dubawis here and this horse is very nice, a strong horse and a stand-out so early in the sale. He looks as though he will carry a bit of speed."

Of this week, Varian said: "It is a terrific catalogue with some wonderful horses."

The million guinea barrier was broken for the second time when lot 139, the Galileo sister to Group 1 winner Garswood, was knocked down to agent Peter Doyle for 1,600,000 guineas. Consigned by ‘Flash’ Conroy’s Glenvale Stud, the daughter of the Kyllachy mare Penchant was secured by Doyle despite a determined effort from agent Hubie de Burgh.

Doyle, who was stood alongside Mayfair Speculators’ Derek Brugman and John Koster secured the filly on behalf of a partnership between Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators and MV Magnier.

"She is a strong filly," said Doyle. "We've missed on a few earlier today, but she more than makes up for it - she is gorgeous. She goes into training with Aidan O'Brien."

The third horse to top a million guineas on the opening day was the Frankel three-parts sister to the Group 1 Oaks winner Talent who was knocked down to SackvilleDonald’s Alastair Donald for 2,500,000 guineas. The underbidder in the epic head-to-head duel was Yohann Gainche representing Japanese owners D.M.M.com who purchased the Deep Impact sister to Gentildonna for approximately $3.2m earlier this year.

The filly was consigned to the sale by agent John Troy on behalf of breeder Mark Dixon who was understandably elated.

"I don't know what to say," smiled Dixon.

"This has doubled what I was expecting and it was fantastic. We usually just sell the colts, but sometimes you need to bring some funds in - sending Prowess to Frankel was a fairly obvious choice."

The winning bidder Alastair Donald said: "She is for a client who wishes to remain private. She is lovely, the pedigree speaks for itself and she has been bought as a long term broodmare prospect."

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